Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.

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China’s top diplomat Wang Yi says unilateralism, bullying ‘biggest threat’ to global stability

Chinese foreign minister also calls for stronger ties with ‘close neighbour, friend and partner’ South Korea during meeting with counterpart Kang Kyung-wha in Seoul.

4 Dec 2019 - 10:21PM

Chinese foreign minister also calls for stronger ties with ‘close neighbour, friend and partner’ South Korea during meeting with counterpart Kang Kyung-wha in Seoul.

China’s top diplomat Wang Yi says unilateralism, bullying ‘biggest threat’ to global stability
China’s top diplomat Wang Yi to visit South Korea as Beijing seeks to repair ties

Foreign Minister Wang Yi will spend two days in Seoul and is expected to meet President Moon Jae-in.

4 Dec 2019 - 8:00AM

Foreign Minister Wang Yi will spend two days in Seoul and is expected to meet President Moon Jae-in.

China’s top diplomat Wang Yi to visit South Korea as Beijing seeks to repair ties
How the West could drive Cambodia further into China’s clutches

Hun Sen’s regime to discuss free-trade deal with China amid EU and US threats to end trade privileges over Cambodia’s human rights record – but there has been growing resentment over Chinese investment.

3 Dec 2019 - 10:39AM

Hun Sen’s regime to discuss free-trade deal with China amid EU and US threats to end trade privileges over Cambodia’s human rights record – but there has been growing resentment over Chinese investment.

How the West could drive Cambodia further into China’s clutches
Chinese police prepare for Macau handover anniversary with anti-terror drill near Hong Kong

Zhuhai police, at the end of the world’s longest sea bridge, use body armour and tear gas in preparation for Macau’s 20th anniversary celebration.

30 Nov 2019 - 11:47PM

Zhuhai police, at the end of the world’s longest sea bridge, use body armour and tear gas in preparation for Macau’s 20th anniversary celebration.

Chinese police prepare for Macau handover anniversary with anti-terror drill near Hong Kong
Vietnam and China promise to keep talking as they look to settle differences over South China Sea

Three-day meeting in Beijing ends with pledges to continue working towards a peaceful solution in the disputed waters.

30 Nov 2019 - 3:05AM

Three-day meeting in Beijing ends with pledges to continue working towards a peaceful solution in the disputed waters.

Vietnam and China promise to keep talking as they look to settle differences over South China Sea
Xi Jinping again backs Hong Kong police use of force in stopping unrest

Chinese president addresses crisis on sidelines of international summit.

15 Nov 2019 - 12:53AM

Chinese president addresses crisis on sidelines of international summit.

Xi Jinping again backs Hong Kong police use of force in stopping unrest
China accuses US and Britain of hypocrisy over violence in Hong Kong

Foreign ministry says London and Washington did not ‘sternly condemn’ torching of man in the city.

13 Nov 2019 - 2:00AM

Foreign ministry says London and Washington did not ‘sternly condemn’ torching of man in the city.

China accuses US and Britain of hypocrisy over violence in Hong Kong
South China Sea likely to be high on Asean agenda when Vietnam takes the chair

Next year’s leading role in regional body may see Hanoi push for unified approach from member countries.

11 Nov 2019 - 7:20PM

Next year’s leading role in regional body may see Hanoi push for unified approach from member countries.

South China Sea likely to be high on Asean agenda when Vietnam takes the chair
Warnings, recriminations and a missile launch: how the US-North Korea nuclear talks died

After talks collapsed in June, Kim Jong-un fell back on his signature tactic: test-firing ballistic missiles. Washington and Seoul have also moved toward their traditional stance on Pyongyang and will resume joint air defence exercises next month.

8 Nov 2019 - 6:53AM

After talks collapsed in June, Kim Jong-un fell back on his signature tactic: test-firing ballistic missiles. Washington and Seoul have also moved toward their traditional stance on Pyongyang and will resume joint air defence exercises next month.

Warnings, recriminations and a missile launch: how the US-North Korea nuclear talks died
India out but China and Asia-Pacific partners to press on with RCEP free trade pact

President Xi Jinping says ‘China is willing to sign a high-standard free trade agreement with many more countries’.

5 Nov 2019 - 11:56PM

President Xi Jinping says ‘China is willing to sign a high-standard free trade agreement with many more countries’.

India out but China and Asia-Pacific partners to press on with RCEP free trade pact
China, US must discuss national security issues, industry leader says amid reports of TikTok inquiry

Legitimate concerns need to be addressed to create ‘as much space for doing businesses as possible’, chairman of American Chamber of Commerce in China says.

2 Nov 2019 - 11:57PM

Legitimate concerns need to be addressed to create ‘as much space for doing businesses as possible’, chairman of American Chamber of Commerce in China says.

China, US must discuss national security issues, industry leader says amid reports of TikTok inquiry
China-US strategic rivalry will be on display at East Asia Summit even if Donald Trump isn’t, observers say

US president’s absence from annual event should not be seen as a lack of American interest in regional issues, observers say.

2 Nov 2019 - 6:34AM

US president’s absence from annual event should not be seen as a lack of American interest in regional issues, observers say.

China-US strategic rivalry will be on display at East Asia Summit even if Donald Trump isn’t, observers say
Chinese survey ship involved in South China Sea stand-off with Vietnam back home, tracker says

Haiyang Dizhi 8 in waters close to Macau as of 4pm Friday, MarineTraffic reports.

25 Oct 2019 - 8:55PM

Haiyang Dizhi 8 in waters close to Macau as of 4pm Friday, MarineTraffic reports.

Chinese survey ship involved in South China Sea stand-off with Vietnam back home, tracker says
Chile’s ambassador to Beijing says world will look for US-China trade deal at Apec summit in Santiago

Luis Schmidt says that when Chile hosts Apec leaders next month, China’s Xi Jinping and US’ Donald Trump will hold the key to improving global economy.

25 Oct 2019 - 1:15PM

Luis Schmidt says that when Chile hosts Apec leaders next month, China’s Xi Jinping and US’ Donald Trump will hold the key to improving global economy.

Chile’s ambassador to Beijing says world will look for US-China trade deal at Apec summit in Santiago
Chinese icebreakers set sail for Antarctic rendezvous that will herald ‘new era of polar exploration’

‘Snow Dragons’ Xuelong and Xuelong II leave on China’s 36th Antarctic expedition, its most ambitious to date.

22 Oct 2019 - 11:32PM

‘Snow Dragons’ Xuelong and Xuelong II leave on China’s 36th Antarctic expedition, its most ambitious to date.

Chinese icebreakers set sail for Antarctic rendezvous that will herald ‘new era of polar exploration’
China and South Korea to work together for denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula

Agreement follows first vice-ministerial meeting in five years.

22 Oct 2019 - 12:00AM

Agreement follows first vice-ministerial meeting in five years.

China and South Korea to work together for denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula
China expected to ramp up South Pacific push at economic forum in Samoa

Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua will lead delegation at two-day summit, which observers say is Beijing’s latest effort to regain momentum in the region.

20 Oct 2019 - 1:46PM

Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua will lead delegation at two-day summit, which observers say is Beijing’s latest effort to regain momentum in the region.

China expected to ramp up South Pacific push at economic forum in Samoa
As coastguard boats circle, Vietnam prepares for bigger challenge in South China Sea

Vietnamese president calls on country to be ready for all possibilities in the disputed waters.

12 Oct 2019 - 11:10PM

Vietnamese president calls on country to be ready for all possibilities in the disputed waters.

As coastguard boats circle, Vietnam prepares for bigger challenge in South China Sea
Chinese destroyer sets sail for Japan for multinational fleet review

Taiyuan Type 052D will join vessels from the United States, Australia and India for international event in Sagami Bay.

8 Oct 2019 - 10:54PM

Taiyuan Type 052D will join vessels from the United States, Australia and India for international event in Sagami Bay.

Chinese destroyer sets sail for Japan for multinational fleet review
Philippines’ hopes for South China Sea exploration deal with Russia depend on Moscow’s ties to China, experts say

Observers say Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will have to deal with Rosneft with one eye on Russia’s friendship ties to China.

11 Oct 2019 - 5:16PM

Observers say Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will have to deal with Rosneft with one eye on Russia’s friendship ties to China.

Philippines’ hopes for South China Sea exploration deal with Russia depend on Moscow’s ties to China, experts say
Did North Korea use missile launch to have a stronger hand for US nuclear talks?

Pyongyang wants Washington to know it won’t give up its nuclear programme without a fight, observer says.

4 Oct 2019 - 4:06PM

Pyongyang wants Washington to know it won’t give up its nuclear programme without a fight, observer says.

Did North Korea use missile launch to have a stronger hand for US nuclear talks?
Public opinion on China turns negative in Western Europe and Asia-Pacific, survey finds

Beijing’s controversial efforts to expand the country’s influence seen in split across 32 countries included in poll by Pew Research Centre.

2 Oct 2019 - 11:11PM

Beijing’s controversial efforts to expand the country’s influence seen in split across 32 countries included in poll by Pew Research Centre.

Public opinion on China turns negative in Western Europe and Asia-Pacific, survey finds
China set to join Arms Trade Treaty that Donald Trump threatened to abandon

Legal process under way, Beijing says after Foreign Minister Wang Yi tells United Nations China is committed to defending multilateralism.

28 Sep 2019 - 6:23PM

Legal process under way, Beijing says after Foreign Minister Wang Yi tells United Nations China is committed to defending multilateralism.

China set to join Arms Trade Treaty that Donald Trump threatened to abandon
Will the United States’ trade deal with Japan make life more difficult for China?

Decision by Washington and Tokyo to remove barriers to each other’s goods could create a new obstacle for Beijing, observers say.

27 Sep 2019 - 10:15PM

Decision by Washington and Tokyo to remove barriers to each other’s goods could create a new obstacle for Beijing, observers say.

Will the United States’ trade deal with Japan make life more difficult for China?
Beijing deploys new deepwater drilling rig in South China Sea

‘Ocean Oil 982’ is expected to search for crude oil at depths of up to 5,000 metres as nation seeks to reduce its dependence on foreign suppliers.

25 Sep 2019 - 10:46PM

‘Ocean Oil 982’ is expected to search for crude oil at depths of up to 5,000 metres as nation seeks to reduce its dependence on foreign suppliers.

Beijing deploys new deepwater drilling rig in South China Sea
Chinese survey ship leaves Vanguard Bank in South China Sea and heads to artificial island outpost

Beijing did not say why Haiyan Dizhi 8 left the areas, but last month it also travelled to Fiery Cross Reef and spent time refuelling there before returning.

24 Sep 2019 - 11:14AM

Beijing did not say why Haiyan Dizhi 8 left the areas, but last month it also travelled to Fiery Cross Reef and spent time refuelling there before returning.

Chinese survey ship leaves Vanguard Bank in South China Sea and heads to artificial island outpost
Can Beijing take advantage of relocation of US troops in South Korea to improve ties with Seoul?

Move could help ease tensions between Beijing and Seoul, but analysts say it is unlikely to represent any major shift in allegiance.

21 Sep 2019 - 3:45AM

Move could help ease tensions between Beijing and Seoul, but analysts say it is unlikely to represent any major shift in allegiance.

Can Beijing take advantage of relocation of US troops in South Korea to improve ties with Seoul?
US unlikely to soften stance on China even with more moderate Robert O’Brien as national security adviser, analysts say

Robert O’Brien is less experienced that his predecessor so Donald Trump is expected to continue to drive foreign policy.

20 Sep 2019 - 10:33AM

Robert O’Brien is less experienced that his predecessor so Donald Trump is expected to continue to drive foreign policy.

US unlikely to soften stance on China even with more moderate Robert O’Brien as national security adviser, analysts say
How Chinese access to Chilean port could give Antarctic exploration activities a boost

Beijing is in talks with Chile over use of the Punta Arenas port ‘for the realisation of projects at their bases located in the Antarctic continent’.

19 Sep 2019 - 5:51PM

Beijing is in talks with Chile over use of the Punta Arenas port ‘for the realisation of projects at their bases located in the Antarctic continent’.

How Chinese access to Chilean port could give Antarctic exploration activities a boost
India challenging China’s influence in the South China Sea with outreach to Russia and other regional powers, analysts say

India and Russia have agreed to launch a maritime route that would partly go through the hotly contested waters. They say they could ramp up their military and technological collaboration.

8 Sep 2019 - 10:27PM

India and Russia have agreed to launch a maritime route that would partly go through the hotly contested waters. They say they could ramp up their military and technological collaboration.

India challenging China’s influence in the South China Sea with outreach to Russia and other regional powers, analysts say